- 29 Jun 2015 9:00 AM
Hungarian-born cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond emigrated to the United States following the brutal Russian repression of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. He gained prominence during the 1970s after being hired by Robert Altman as cinematographer for McCabe & Mrs. Miller. Subsequent major films he shot include Altman’s The Long Goodbye, John Boorman’s Deliverance and Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the latter of which won him the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Other suites in Budapest’s Hotel Gellért are named after Otto Habsburg, Richard Nixon, Yehudi Menuhin, Andrew-Lloyd Webber and Maximilian Schell.
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